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Wales beat Ireland in thriller

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IN AN OUTSTANDING contest, Wales under 16 secured a 32-18 win over Ireland in a score line that in the end slightly flattered the home side with the Irish battling right up to the end.

It was four tries all with three minutes to go, but two Welsh tries cemented a hard-fought win.

Wales took the lead on ten minutes when Will Clapham went over in the corner. Lewis Hall converted.

Ireland were close to getting a try back as they pressured the Welsh line. In the final two tackles of a set, Calum O’Neill held up over the line then Aaron Kelly stopped centimetres short, whilst an outstanding full-back style catch from Billy Glover prevented another Ireland chance later in the half.

The Irish also kept the Welsh out. Will Clapham was close to scoring, after good work from Ben Snadden, but was forced into touch when diving for the line.

Joel Davies was another who was close to increasing Wales’ lead but he, under pressure, couldn’t catch a pass when near to the line.

Following all that outstanding first half defensive work, it took less than a minute for Wales to increase their lead in the second half, Hall running well to score near to the corner but failing to convert his own try.

Ireland soon hit back when Calum O’Neill made a strong run to score just left of the posts but Josh Thewlis sliced the kick wide.

But Wales addressed the balance straight away. Morgan Johns again forced into the corner to score with Hall converting well from the touchline.

Ireland hit back again when Nathan Kiernan went over from dummy half and Thewlis converted to bring the score back to 16-10.

Wales again immediately increased their lead when Ewan Badham scored under the sticks and Hall converted.

Once again as soon as Ireland regained possession they scored. Sam Cullen with the try which went unconverted.

They got another one back with five minutes to go, Eoin Creaby muscling his way over but again the conversion was missed.

But Wales sealed the win after Iestyn Hopkins scored in the corner. He almost got another wonderful individual score but was stopped in his tracks before Jake Cannon got the final try of the game converted by Hall.

Wales next face Ireland again in Ashbourne on Saturday, August 26, before taking on England in Cyncoed on Saturday, September 2.

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Signed Wales shirts gifted to RNLI go up for auction

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FOLLOWING a winning start to the Six Nations Tournament, the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) have scored a winning try for the RNLI, gifting six signed rugby shirts to help save lives at sea.

Each rugby shirt has been signed by the full WRU squad and are accompanied by a certificate of authentication – a winning prize for any Welsh rugby fan.

To avoid a ruck for the WRU shirts the charity has placed all six signed shirts on an online auction, ensuring a fair game for all who wish to win the golden prize. The auction will be live until Wednesday, March 31, which allows plenty of time for supporters to bid for the team in red.

Each signed shirt includes Wales Captain, Mumbles RNLI supporter and the most capped international player of all time Alun Wyn Jones; as well as Louis Rees-Zammit, the Man of the Match in the nail-biting Scotland v Wales game.

Nick Evans, RNLI Fundraising and Partnership Lead said: ‘On behalf of the charity I would like to say a big thank you to the Welsh Rugby Union for donating these fantastic prizes to the RNLI. RNLI volunteers are on call 24-7 and are often called away from important events such as family celebrations – or international rugby tournaments – to respond to the pager if someone is in trouble at sea.

‘Like all charities, 2020 was a challenging year for the RNLI when all traditional fundraising had to stop – all our shops were closed, there were no collections and all events had to be cancelled. This is why we at the RNLI are so grateful to all the team at WRU for their ongoing support. The auction is now live and we would like to encourage all Wales rugby supporters to throw the RNLI a lifeline and place their bid for the winning prize.’

To place a bid or find out more about the charity auction please visit https://www.jumblebee.co.uk/rnliwru.

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Five subs to be allowed for JD Cymru Premier clubs

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THE FAW’s National Leagues Board has confirmed that JD Cymru Premier clubs will be permitted to make five substitutions in matches, in accordance with the Laws of the Game, until the end of the 2020-21 top-flight season.

FIFA extended the use of the rule, which was first introduced following the COVID-19 outbreak, citing “player welfare” as part of the reason for the temporary amendment to Law 3 of the Laws of the Game.

FIFA stated that “Some competitions which resumed in 2020 may have a shorter-than-usual recovery/preparation period before the start of their next season.”

“For many competitions, the 2020/21 season will involve matches being played in a condensed period due to a delayed start and the inability to end later than usual because of major international tournaments.”

With the JD Cymru Premier set to restart on March 2, the National Leagues Board has approved the use of the rule in the JD Cymru Premier until the end of the current campaign.

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Haverfordwest County’s remaining phase 1 fixtures released

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HAVERFORDWEST County will return to action on Saturday, March 6, with a home game against Cardiff Met University.

The JD Cymru Premier has been granted elite status by the National Sports Group once again and the FAW has announced the rescheduled fixtures.

The first fixture upon the return will see Newtown AFC host Penybont on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 live on Facebook via Sgorio’s platforms.

Bala Town travel to The New Saints on Sgorio on March 6, 2021 with a 5pm kick off.

This will be followed by a full host of fixtures on Saturday, March 6, 2021.

The new calendar sees clubs play their final six matches of Phase One, which is now due to be completed on April 4, 2021.

Haverfordwest County’s remaining fixtures for phase 1 are listed below.

March 6 – 14:30

Haverfordwest County FC v Cardiff Met University FC

March 9 – 19:45

Aberystwyth Town FC v Haverfordwest County FC

March 13 – 14:30

Haverfordwest County FC v The New Saints FC

March 20 – 14:30

Connah’s Quay Nomads FC v Haverfordwest County FC

March 27 – 14:30

Newtown AFC v Haverfordwest County FC

April 2 – 17:00

Penybont FC v Haverfordwest County FC

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